By Charles Leaver

Millions in Korea hit by data breach

Malware is a global problem. Several months after a massive U.S. retail data breach that impacted more than 110 million U.S. customers, the South Korean government has fallen victim to an attack that exposed private information for 12 million telecommunications customers, The Register reported. The number is particularly significant because it represents roughly 20 percent of the overall population of the country, based on World Population Statistics numbers.

Data breach slipping under the radar
The reason that the attack against telecommunications company KT Corp was so impactful is that for a long time, the company did not notice the existence of the breach. KT reportedly was not made aware of the breach until a year after it began. Unfortunately for the company, the type of customers information breached – including passcodes and bank numbers – was highly privileged, and has left KT scrambling to restore its national reputation. That process may take a long time, however, since this attack represents the third instance in two years that the company has faced a data breach. In July 2012 a large-scale attack on the company left 8.7 million customers’ information exposed. Since the company made promises to tighten security after that incident, the public may greet their recent recourse to security reform with an understandable degree of skepticism.

Everyone must take measures to protect data
South Korea is not alone in combating threats against computer security. Data breaches transcend national boundaries, but so too does a potential solution: better endpoint security management. Regardless of your location, having endpoint security in place can provide your computing or mobile device with the safeguard infrastructure to prevent against a breach. Companies lacking the proper defensive measures risk losing not only information, but also the trust of their clientele.

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